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SCIENCE

L E A D E R P RO G R A M M E 10 T H E D I T I O N

H U G E S U P P O RT F O R Y O U N G S C I E N T I S T S As part of the 10th edition of the LEADER programme, the National Centre for Research and Development, acting on behalf of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, awarded 42 talented scientists with grants worth PLN 60 million. Entries for the next edition are now being submitted. A sum of PLN 100 million is available for innovative research.

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uring a gala ceremony at the hall of the Physics Faculty of the Warsaw University of Technology on January 16, a group of young Polish researchers received awards and symbolic cheques from deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna and Director of the National Centre for Research and Development Wojciech Kamieniecki, D. Eng. “The grant winners are brave people who have accepted the challenge, and are keen to start original research, build research teams, and manage entire projects. For them it is a great opportunity and responsibility. For the National Centre for Research and Development, it is a prospect of expanding the group of beneficiaries with an ambitious, highly specialised staff, perfectly familiar with the ecosystem of Polish and global innovations. For all of us, it is a chance for inventions which will revolutionise specific areas of our lives,” said Wojciech Kamieniecki, director of the National Centre for Research and Development. 233 young researchers entered for the 10th edition. The majority of the projects was related to technical and engineering sciences, and thus the position of universities of technology as places where research studies are conducted as part of the programme, has been strengthened. A project by an innovative medical doctor from Warsaw, Eliza Głodkowska-Mrówka, who in cooperation with the Medical University of Warsaw will be working on the diagnosis of new subtypes of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, was rated the best. “The LEADER programme has been very popular from the very beginning, which is confirmed by the growing number of applicants every year. Clearly, young, talented researchers who are at the start of their scientific careers, have ambitious ideas with a potential for commercialisation, and the enthusiasm to implement these ideas. To assist them in their efforts, the National Centre for Research and Development has increased the competition budget to a sum of PLN 100 million,” explained Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna, deputy minister of science and higher education.

26  polish market  Laureates of the 10th edition of the Leader Programme

Left to right: NCBR Director Wojciech Kamieniecki, deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna, and Bartosz Hamankiewicz, PhD, one of the laureates of the 10th edition of the Leader Programme, a University of Warsaw scientist who develops new materials and new types of lithium-ion and sodium-ion cells with improved performance characteristics.

LEADER is the longest running programme pursued by the National Centre for Research and Development. Successive editions have been held since 2009. During this time, 379 young scientists, who are leaders in their fields, have received grants to the tune of nearly PLN 427 million for their own research projects. The average value of a grant within the programme is PLN 1.2 million. Entries are coming in for the next edition, whose budget has been increased to a sum of PLN100 million. Doctoral students, academic teachers and those who obtained a doctoral degree within the past seven years, are eligible for funding of up to PLN 1.5 million. Financing obtained in this way can be used for applied research and/or development work. Importantly, the project must be implemented in cooperation with a unit which is ready to hire the leader for the duration of the project and his research team for the period of work on the project. The closing date for entries is March 16, 2020. •

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